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EPA Proposes Smog Standards to Safeguard Americans from Air Pollution

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27/11/2014

Based on extensive recent scientific evidence about the harmful effects of ground-level ozone, or smog, EPA is proposing to strengthen air quality standards to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) to better protect Americans’ health and the environment, while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. The Clean Air Act requires EPA to review the standards every five years by ...

Market for Nuclear Valves to Exceed $2.4 Billion in 2017

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27/11/2014

East Asian purchases of valves for nuclear power plants will boost the market for valves in the nuclear industry to over $2.4 billion by 2017. This is the conclusion in Nuclear Power Plant Valve Forecast and Analysis published by the McIlvaine Company. In 2017 China and other East Asian nuclear valve purchasers will spend $755 million. This represents over 30 percent of the anticipated total ...

Climate change talks: MEPs chart the course from Lima to Paris

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27/11/2014

Talks to be held in Lima next month should enable global partners to reach an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015, so as to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario, Parliament said in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs reiterated the pledge by the EU and its member states to step up contributions to the UN Green Climate Fund. "We'll be facing a significant ...

Noise measurement safeguards hearing

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27/11/2014

Unchecked noise levels at work can lead to hearing loss Anyone who has seen the latest figures of civil claims for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) will appreciate the scale of the problem.  The Institute of Actuaries’ latest estimate is that around 80,000 new claims were made in the last year in the UK, representing a substantial increase from the previous year. In fact, according ...

Analyzing waste gases during simulated Mars mission

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27/11/2014

As part of a project to measure the effects of long-term isolation on astronauts, small groups of individuals have been selected to live in a tiny ‘Habitat’ perched on the upper slope of a volcanoin Hawaii. In doing so, the project team has contributed to the understanding of issues that would confront a manned mission to Mars. As part of the project’s research NASA’s ...

Choose now your training in environmental geostatistics for 2015

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25/11/2014

It's time to choose your geostatistics training program for 2015. You wish you could master geostatistics key concepts for a reliable modeling of a contamination, an aquifer or a soil property?   Then discover from now Geovariances 2015 training offer dedicated to geostatistical methodologies or software use.  Various one-day seminars are also proposed to educate project managers ...

What’s wrong with the circular economy?

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24/11/2014

Companies with circular economy business models currently struggle to raise investment because investors are generally unfamiliar with the concept of the circular economy According to research to be published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the lack of information about financial risk is a key reason why investors are hesitant to invest in companies following this business model.. Beate ...

Commission takes Spain to Court over waste water treatment presenting a risk to public health

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27/11/2014

The European Commission is taking Spain to Court over a failure to ensure that waste water is properly treated. In the EU, Member States need adequate collection and treatment systems for urban waste water, as untreated water poses risks to human health, inland waters and the marine environment. Spain was first warned in 2003 about this particular case, which concerns areas with a population ...

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